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Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa Wins Silver at Rio Olympics, Now Seeking Political Asylum

Feyisa Lilesa Marathon silver
With the eyes of the world upon him, Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa used the stage of Sunday’s Olympic marathon in Rio to daringly protest his own government’s brutal killing of the Oromo people back home. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

By TesfaNews,

When he crossed the Olympics marathon finish line, Feyisa Lilesa raised his arms to form an “X.” Most of those who watched Lilesa’s spectacular silver medal performance didn’t know what that meant — or just how dangerous a protest they were watching.

That gesture is a peaceful protest made by the Oromo people, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, 35 million, that has long complained about being marginalized by the country’s government. He was protesting the Ethiopian government’s brutal killing of hundreds of his Oromo people in response to widespread protests that began late last year. Continue reading Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa Wins Silver at Rio Olympics, Now Seeking Political Asylum